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4.3 out of 5

"Excellent location and beautiful decor. Clean and welcoming. " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 20 Jan 2020

Hotel Description

5-star beach hotel near Stearns Wharf

City center stay

A stay at this Santa Barbara Beach hotel places you within half a mile (1 km) of Stearns Wharf and 2 miles (3 km) of Santa Barbara City College. Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Santa Barbara Zoo are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Luxury amenities

A full-service spa, 3 restaurants, and an outdoor pool are all featured at this smoke-free hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, free WiFi in public areas, and valet parking. Enjoy the fitness center and unwind at the poolside bar and bar/lounge.

Free WiFi, flat-screen TVs

The 121 soundproofed guestrooms offer free WiFi and minibars. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and other amenities include room service and premium bedding.

Room, 1 Queen Bed (Almeria)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$663* Per night/room Aug 30 - Aug 31

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible (Sevilla)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible (Sevilla)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible (Granada)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible (Sestina)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds (Sestina)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Hotel Californian ratings based on 9 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Hotel Californian

Everyone (4) Couples (2) Family (4)
5 out of 5
Excellent location and beautiful decor. Clean and welcoming.

Posted by on Jan 20, 2020

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Jan 21, 2020 by Hotel Californian

Hello. It was our pleasure to welcome you to Santa Barbara for a stay at our boutique hotel in the heart of the Funk Zone. Come again! All the best, Hotel Californian

2 out of 5
I really hated the way the hotel collected money for everything. They automatically added gratuity of 40$ to a 1 hour $190 hour massage. The $190 is way high and the auto tip is just wrong. The added resort fee of 35$ per night and it's not really a resort. Parking another $39 per night. Cleaning fee $150. Tje property is nice, but the extra charges (not even explained ahead of time) are sort of criminal. Won't stay here again.

Posted by on Dec 29, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 30, 2019 by Hotel Californian

Hello. Thank you for sharing your valued thoughts with us. We do strive to ensure our standard resort fee and any applicable deposits are displayed on our website, and communicated by our Talent upon arrival. We share in your frustration that these incidentals caught you off guard, and while we trust you enjoyed the service you received during your stay with us, we do hope for the opportunity to better impress one day. All the best, Hotel Californian

4 out of 5
I liked the decor. My son especially liked the towels in the bathroom and the shower. The convenience of the restaurant next door (Finney's) was nice. They had very good food. You have friendly staff which I appreciate. This hotel was not my first choice. However, it will be my 1st choice next time.

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 2, 2019 by Hotel Californian

Hello. It was our pleasure to welcome you so warmly to Santa Barbara! We're pleased to note that you and your son so enjoyed our ambiance and unique atmosphere, and we are gratified knowing we've elevated to your first choice of hotel. We'll see you again soon. All the best, Hotel Californian

5 out of 5
Great staff....beautiful decor.....great location!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Nov 12, 2019 by Hotel Californian

Hello. We are thrilled to know we hit the mark! We hope you enjoyed our 360 degree views from our deck, and that you enjoyed our coastal climate. Until next time. All the best, Hotel Californian

5 out of 5

Posted by on Aug 25, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 17, 2019 by Libby Basham Guest Reception Manager

Thank you for this amazing feedback. We are excited you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back soon!

5 out of 5

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019

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Jul 25, 2019 by Libby Basham Guest Reception Manager

Thank you so much for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon.

5 out of 5

Posted by on Jul 12, 2019

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Jul 25, 2019 by Libby Basham Guest Reception Manager

Thank you for taking the time to provide this amazing feedback. We hope to see you again soon! Best,

5 out of 5
The proximity of the hotel to the beach and good restaurants was perfect. The room was a good size - plenty of room for a crib as we had our toddler with us. The service was excellent - from valets to doormen to the front desk, everyone we felt with was friendly and professional.

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019

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May 26, 2019 by Libby Basham Guest Reception Manager

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again soon!

3 out of 5

Nice hotel but not worth the money.

The hotel is very nice but definitely not worth the money.

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018

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Sep 14, 2018 by Libby Basham Guest Reception Manager

Thank you for your feedback. I apologize your stay was not what you hoped it to be. We would love for you to return so we can make that up to you. Please feel free to reach out directly so we can make sure you are taken care of.

Property Features

Hotel Californian offers its guests a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. There are 3 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. There's an onsite business center. A rooftop terrace, a library, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the luxury Hotel Californian. For a fee, parking is available. This 5-star Santa Barbara hotel is smoke free.

  • 121 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • 3 dining venues
  • Built in 2017
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Charging station for electric cars
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Library
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free cribs/infant beds

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) (17.1 km / 10.7 mi)
  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (0.3 km / 0.2 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Hotel Californian offers 121 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and laptop-compatible safes. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with premium satellite channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include espresso makers and complimentary bottled water. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Espresso maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Local calls (free)
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Hotel Californian has 3 restaurants on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby

Spa Services

Majorelle has 4 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, Swedish massages, facials, and body wraps. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy. The spa is equipped with a steam room.

The spa is open daily.

  • Number of treatment rooms 4
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facial treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Steam room in spa
  • Detoxification wrap
  • Massages

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Valet for wheelchair-equipped vehicle
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness center
  • Wheelchair-accessible meeting spaces/business center

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 21

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 50.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 200.00 per accommodation, per stay, plus a deposit of USD 200.00 per stay
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Food and water bowls are available
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards and debit cards; cash is not accepted

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-out is available. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property follows sanitization practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service
  • Debit cards
  • No gap period between guest stays

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 35.00 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Shuttle service
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 8 and USD 22 for adults, USD 5 and USD 18 for children (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 39.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 39 per night
  • Pet deposit: USD 200.00 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 200.00 per accommodation, per stay
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 50.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Hotel Californian Hotel Santa Barbara
  • Hotel Californian Hotel
  • Hotel Californian Santa Barbara
  • Hotel Californian Hotel Santa Barbara
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  • Hotel Californian Santa Barbara
  • Californian Santa Barbara

Awards & Affiliations

The property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.